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7 Ways to Survive Black Friday With Your Mind and Body Intact!

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Well, it’s that time of year again. They turkey’s barely settled and we’re gearing up to spew money all over the place.

Before you head out the door tomorrow, take note of these seven ways you can survive the crowds with your mind and body intact and still take advantage of those Black Friday deals!

(DISCLAIMER: Some of you won’t relate to this post. You shop online, or don’t fall prey to commercialized holidays, or don’t celebrate at all. I applaud you. This post is for those, like myself–sometimes unfortunately–who do.)

1. Get enough sleep.

Whether you’re planning on hitting those midnight doorbusters or won’t stroll in ’til around noon, your body and mind still need plenty of rest to take on the Black Friday shopping crowds. Plan your bedtime accordingly!

2. Prepare your body.

Dedicate a few minutes just to prepare your body. Stretch, or maybe work in a quick yoga sequence. Nothing too tiring; you’ll need that energy later.

Also, EAT! Fuel up on mentally and physically energy-boosting foods like fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber whole grains.

3. Prepare your mind.

Use some of that time to prepare your mind, too. Clear your mind of all distractions and focus solely on your goal for the day and how you can achieve it in the healthiest way possible (read: without losing an arm over half-off cashmere sweater).

4. Take your medicine.

Look, some of us take medicine. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that. Forgetting to take it–especially on a day like today–well, there could be lots wrong with that. Take your morning medicine before you leave and make sure you bring any afternoon or evening medicines you might take, just in case you don’t get home in time.

5. Refuel.

Hope you didn’t think you could just eat breakfast and forget about it!

How you refuel is up to you–you know your body. Some folks like to sit down and have lunch; others feel to full and sluggish after a big meal. Some prefer to grab a high-energy snack or smoothie somewhere; others feel they need more volume.

You know what’s best for you. Just remember to choose foods to boost energy for your body and mind.

6. Breathe.

Crowds are stressful. Black Friday shopping crowds full of folks trying to get the last $250 Xbox for $99 is beyond stressful.

Be mindful of your breathing. Don’t hold your breath; don’t breathe too fast. Just breath slowly, steadily, and deliberately. Close your eyes if you want. You might even whisper a special mantra. Maybe something like “Half-off boots aren’t worth kicking others over…”

7. Rest!

Pretty self-explanatory, this one. Get home and get in bed.

What tips do YOU have to offer for keeping your mental and psychical sanity during Black Friday shopping? Share with us below!

7 Ways to Survive Black Friday With Your Mind and Body Intact!

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2013). 7 Ways to Survive Black Friday With Your Mind and Body Intact!. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


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